Here we have a trail, made by the community. Do you want to walk the trail with us? It’s exactly what our ancestors did, and what humanity has done through history: to live in community. Community means “Common”, for everyone, and “unity”, united. So, it’s all about that. Here in Colombia it’s called “minga” or “convite” and that’s the way territories have been created.
It’s an ancient tradition. The “Dablitos” rhythms are really accelerated. If you try to write sheet music with it it will be very difficult. The real goal is to make noise so people will listen and give them money. That sound isn’t nice, what is really good is to see it all together: the dance, the rhythm, the noise. We are trying to make it easier for outsiders to understand and enjoy it. How can we make a successful fusion, like they did in Brazil?
The cable car will be a way of transport for the community, and for the whole city. It will attract tourism, foreigners like you too, they won’t need to walk all the way up here but come on the cable car. This will bring more investment in the community and in the territory, it will be a positive thing. Today’s Siloé will change and today’s Cali will change, when the cable car starts operation.
People must not ask for things for themselves, do you understand me? First, for everybody else. You are asking me, not directly but I can tell: “what do I live from?” When I can tell people have that question I say: “ask me the question!” So people offer me dollars or Colombian pesos, and I tell them:
“Thank you, but we are not going to make money in the name of Siloé.” We are not going to make money in the name of the misery, violence and other problems of Siloé.
We brought the electricity here. We payed to have the connections made, and we brought the posts and all. This is great work for youth to get organized. There have been problems but we were able to build and it is good. There are also some youth who do drugs, others cause trouble, but overall they all respect this space for the children, they help to build with the community, with the elders. Because Siloé only has 11 square cm per inhabitant of public space.
In our case, we became experts in sociology, social work, museums, history. If we work with some anthropologist or sociologist, we can work better than them here in Siloé because we know our people and our community but it doesn’t mean that we have the professional skills that the university gives you. There is communitarian knowledge but the academic part is really important.
The “Punto Digital” is a pretty name but one of the results is that the kids are no longer coming to the library. There is a problem, the computers are laptops so they must be locked. Kids and teens cannot be mixed together because supposedly they can take the laptops away. At the “Punto Digital” the security of the laptops is seen as more important than the educational process.
When you have a camera and the police is beating people up, they regret they did it. The camera is like another gun. The problem is that it can work also as a shelter for kids to have violent fights because they feel safe. The bigger the camera, the more the respect or fear that people feel. It all depends on what people think about the object.